Oct 162016
 

My hubby picked up a horror book for me! I only wish it was colder so I could curl up in a blanket with a cup of hot tea while reading. But since it’s supposed to be in the 90’s for the next couple of days, I guess I’ll have to settle for sitting under the cool breeze from the fan and drinking iced tea with the hope that autumn will be in full swing before I’m done with the book. 

Now to find out what’s magic about this cottage…

“We thought we’d found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Charming, maybe a little run down, but so peaceful. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge’s painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our love for each other – well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side. The Bad Magic.”

“What happened to us there was horrendous beyond belief. The healings, the crazy sect who wanted our home for themselves, the hideous creatures that crawled from the nether regions, and the bats – oh God, the bats! Even now those terrible things seem impossible to me. Yet they happened…”

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Sep 042016
 

When a charter plane carrying Cork O’Connor’s wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies, Cork must accept the terrible truth that his wife is gone forever. But is she? In Heaven’s Keep, celebrated author William Kent Krueger puts his intrepid hero through the most harrowing mission of his life.

Months after the tragedy, two women show up on Cork’s doorstep with evidence that the pilot of Jo’s plane was not the man he claimed to be. It may not be definitive proof, but it’s a ray of light in the darkness surrounding Cork’s loss. Agreeing to investigate, he travels to Wyoming, where he battles the interference of local law enforcement who may be on the take, the open hostility of the Northern Arapaho, who have much to lose if the truth is known, and the continuing attempts on his life by assassins who shadow his every move.

At the center of all the danger and deception lies the possibility that Jo’s disappearance was not the end of her, that somewhere along the labyrinthine path of his search, maybe even in the broad shadow of Heaven’s Keep itself, Cork will find her alive and waiting for him.

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Aug 222016
 

I think all the characters in this book either began to channel their teenage selves, are constantly black-out drunk or have lost their minds. I’m enjoying the story, especially the villain, but the interactions between characters are head-scratchingly bizarre. Everyone is moody, angry and stomping around like fit throwing teenagers. 

Strange that I’m still enjoying the story and I already want to read the next one in the series. I just hope the characters calm down some in the next book.

I’m reading them out of order so maybe there’s something in the book before this one that explains the actions of the characters in Black notice

Patricia Cornwell delivers a high-stakes Kay Scarpetta novel with an intrigue that will take Kay an ocean’s length from home. The nightmare begins when a cargo ship arriving from Belgium at Richmond’s Deep Water Terminal is discovered to be transporting a locked, sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway.

The autopsy performed by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta initially reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification. But the victim’s personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that leads to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France, where she receives critical instructions: Go to the Paris morgue to receive secret evidence and then return to Virginia to carry out a mission. It is a mission that could ruin her career.

In a story that careens across international borders, Black notice puts Dr. Kay Scarpetta directly in harm’s way and places her and those she holds dear at mortal risk.

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Jul 122016
 

I started listening to Scott Sigler’s podcast back in 2005 when he was podcasting his novel Earth Core. At the time, I was working nights doing tedious, boring data entry and Scott, along with several other podcasting authors and personalities, saved my sanity.

I enjoyed both the tales Sigler spun and the personality behind the mic. He was a blast to listen to but caused me to disrupt others on occasion. Sometimes, I couldn’t stifle my reactions and would audibly laugh or gasp. Glares from those around me burned holes in the back of my head in the otherwise silent room. Silent save the click-clacking of keys on ancient keyboards.

I listened to the first two books in the series via his podcast and I enjoyed them so much I bought them. Infected and Contagious hold an honored place on my bookshelf.

Scott Sigler’s Infected shocked readers with a visceral, up-close account of physical metamorphosis and one man’s desperate fight for sanity and survival, as “Scary” Perry Dawsey suffered the impact of an alien pathogen’s early attempts at mass extinction. In the sequel Contagious, Sigler pulled back the camera and let the reader experience the frantic national response to this growing cataclysm.

And now in Pandemic, the entire human race balances on the razor’s edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares.

To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero—a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she’s a monster—a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil.

All Margaret knows is that she’s broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands. Guilt and nightmares have turned her into a shut-in, too mired in self-hatred even to salvage her marriage, let alone be the warrior she once was.

But she is about to be called into action again. Because before the murderous intelligence was destroyed, it launched one last payload — a soda can–sized container filled with deadly microorganisms that make humans feed upon their own kind.

That harmless-looking container has languished a thousand feet below the surface of Lake Michigan, undisturbed and impotent . . . until now.

Part Cthulhu epic, part zombie apocalypse and part blockbuster alien-invasion tale, Pandemic completes the Infected trilogy and sets a new high-water mark in the world of horror fiction.

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Jun 192016
 

Cassie Winslow is sixteen. She has just lost her mother in a terrible accident. Now, lonely and frightened, she has come to live with the father she barely knows and his new family in tiny False Harbor on Cape Cod. For Cassie, the strange, unsettling dreams that come to her suddenly in the dead of night are merely the beginning. Very soon, Cassie Winslow will come to know the terrifying powers that are her gift. And in the village of False Harbor, nothing will ever be the same.

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May 292016
 

Well, I did it. I raided my mother’s books and wound up with more Dean Koontz to read!

With the books I borrowed from my mother and the handful of books of mine I have left to read, it should be a few months before I have to raid my husband and my dad’s books.

I first heard about Twilight Eyes on Dean Koontz’s podcast and knew I had to read it. Of course, I completely forgot about it every time I bought new books. Thankfully, Mom had it or else I’d probably always forget and never read it.

Speaking of Dean Koontz’s podcast, I wish he had continued it, but if you’re a fan it’s well worth a listen. The first episode is still my favorite. Check out On Working with Editors and you’ll see what I mean. If you’re a writer, you might find it particularly amusing.

They’re out there.
Waiting. Watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed―or cursed―by Twilight Eyes…

They’re out there

Lurking in the darkest shadows of an eerie, moonlit carnival. Feeding their twisted needs with human suffering. And fiendishly plotting the downfall of the human race…

They’re out there
But don’t scream.
They’ll hear you.

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Feb 212016
 

I’m enjoying this book more than I thought I would. Then again, the subject matter is perfect for me. I love a decent post-apocalyptic book or movie.

No zombies here, just human nature and the drive to survive.

Cannibal Reign has its issues and couple of characters that make me scratch my head, but it’s a solid first novel from Koloniar. I’m anxious to read more from him in the future.

A new star bursts onto the post-apocalyptic fiction scene: Thomas Koloniar. An epic dark saga set in a dystopian near-future, Cannibal Reign follows the fortunes of a small band of survivors, as they make their way across a nightmare landscape populated by bestial, flesh-eating savages after an asteroid strike destroys America. A dark, smart, action-packed vision of a terrifying possible tomorrow—when the only law left is “eat or be eaten”—Koloniar’s Cannibal Reign is an absolute must-read for fans of TV’s zombie smash hit The Walking Dead, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Lucifer’s Hammer, the Mad Max movies, and, of course, Stephen King’s immortal horror masterwork The Stand.

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Jan 252016
 

A secret government unit, a group of renegade paranormal investigators…and a murder no one else can crack

Though haunted by the recent deaths of two teammates, Jackson Crow knows that the living commit the most heinous crimes.

A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition, Angela Hawkins already has her hands full of mystery and bloodshed.

But one assignment calls to them too strongly to resist. In a historic mansion in New Orleans’s French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death. Most think she jumped; some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits inhabiting the house—once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.

In this seemingly unsolvable case, only one thing is certain: whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion will cast Jackson and Angela into danger of losing their lives…and their immortal souls.

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Jan 102016
 

Another surprise sequel from Stephen King. I’ve always loved the movie The Shining and when I read there was a sequel, I was excited to read it.

I’ve never read The Shining and now that I’m reading the sequel, I wish I had read it. I can’t imagine anything better than Jack Nickolson, but I feel like there are some things I missed because I didn’t read the book.

I’m enjoying seeing what happened to little Danny after the events at the Overlook. I highly recommend Doctor Sleep for anyone that enjoyed the book or the movie The Shining. I’m not done yet, but I’m anxious to see what happens next.

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.

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Jan 012016
 

I’m enjoying Gillian Flynn’s work, so I’ve been looking forward to reading Gone Girl. It was difficult to make myself wait. I try not to read too many books by the same author in a row unless it’s a series.

I haven’t watched the movie. Sometimes I like seeing what they do to books I’ve read when they turn them into movies and sometimes I just want to throw things at the screen. So, I’m often apprehensive to watch movies based on books I’ve read and enjoyed. I think I’m going to watch this one eventually. I’m interested to see what they did with it.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

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